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WTA Dubai 2024: Sorana Cirstea vs Jasmine Paolini; Preview, Head-to-Head, and Prediction

Published 02/22/2024, 10:12 PM EST

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It has all come down to the best four at the Dubai Open Tennis Championship and only the top names remain. After a magnificent performance in the tournament, Sorana Cirstea has surprised everyone as she remains one step away from reaching her first final of the year. Standing in her way in the semis will Jasmine Paolini, who will aim to become the second Italian in two months to win a major tennis championship.

This will be the third meeting between the two players as they look to take another step toward WTA success. The winner will face either World No.1 Iga Swiatek or Anna Kalinskaya, who play in the other semi-final. Here is our preview of the Cirstea vs Paolini clash.

Sorana Cirstea vs Jasmine Paolini: Preview

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Sorana Cirstea made a stunning comeback in her quarterfinal match, turning things around from a tough spot to a win. She beat world number eight Marketa Vondrousova 2-6,7-6, 6-2, saving six match points. This victory is her sixth against top-10 players in the past year, a big improvement from previous years. Her breakthrough in Dubai, reaching her first semifinal, puts her close to entering the top 20 rankings for the first time.

This is her second WTA 1000 semi-final in two years now. She currently ranks 22nd in the world.

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On the other hand, her opponent, Jasmine Paolini has reached her most significant semifinal yet. She overcame Leylah Fernandez 6-3, 6-4 and Greek player Maria Sakkari 6-4, 6-2, in the second and third round matches respectively. Elena Rybakina withdrew from their quarterfinal clash due to a gastrointestinal illness, allowing Paolini to progress.

Paolini is also on the verge of breaking into the top 20, showing consistently good performances, including a good run at the Australian Open, where she reached the fourth round, her best Grand Slam performance to date.

Both Cirstea and Paolini are close to achieving important milestones in their tennis careers.

Cirstea vs Paolini: Head-to-head

When it comes to the head-to-head matches between the two players, Paolini is ahead with two victories in their previous two encounters Their very first meeting came back in Slovenia in 2021. In the three-set thriller, it was the Italian who claimed victory with the scoreline of 6-4, 4-6, 6-1.

On the other hand, their most recent encounter came at the French Open last year. The match saw Paolini coming out on top yet again with a 7-5, 2-6, 6-2 win.

Prediction: Sorana Cirstea could defeat her opponent in straight sets to take the win home at WTA Dubai 2024

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As they prepare to face off in the upcoming match, Jasmine Paolini, with a balanced 4-4 semifinal record will look to continue her momentum. She will hope to follow in the footsteps of fellow Italian national Jannik Sinner, who won the Australian Open earlier, and win her first WTA 1000 Championship.

On the other hand, the Romanian star has struggled with a 6-18 record. Despite Cirstea’s challenging semifinal history, she could register her first win over Paolini.

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Paolini’s consistent record in the semifinals suggests she may have the upper hand, but in tennis, surprises are always possible. Also, with the head-to-head lead going Paolini’s way, Cirstea will be looking to give her everything and bag her first win against the Italian. What are your thoughts on this? Do let us know in the comments section!

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Akshat Gaur

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